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New ODA chief knows construction

A man with a wealth of construction sector experience has been tasked with bringing the Olympic build in on time and to budget. John Armitt, CBE, a civil engineer by training and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, was appointed to the chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) last week. One of the chief architects of the Channel Tunnel Rail link, Mr Armitt has spent almost 35 years with construction companies John Laing and the Costain Group. In 1993 he became the chief executive of Union Railways. Four years later he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to the rail industry. Between December 2001 and October 2002, he was the chief executive of Railtrack. Armitt, who takes up his three and half day, £250,000 role in September, is currently the chief executive of Network Rail. Acting chair, Sir Roy McNulty will resume his role as deputy chair.